What is Dental Plaque

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Although plaque naturally forms on our teeth, if you do not clean your teeth each day, it can lead to some serious dental health issues.

Plaque is a colorless, sticky film of bacteria and sugars that is constantly forming on our teeth.

When plaque is not removed from your teeth it can create tartar. Tartar cannot be removed by brushing and flossing; a dentist or periodontist will need to perform a deep cleaning, also called a scaling and root planing, to clean underneath the gums.

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The best way to avoid the dental health problems caused by plaque are:
• Practice proper dental hygiene
• Avoid consuming sticky and sugary foods
• Schedule routine visits to the dentist

If you’re due for a cleaning or have any questions, be sure to schedule an appointment with Dr. Nichols in Littleton, CO.